Shabbat Shalom August 15, 2014

Shabbat Shalom
August 15, 2014
Dear family and friends,
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”– Mark Twain
This message resonates with me.  Meeting, greeting and eating with people of different backgrounds can help alleviate xenophobia and ideally lead to peace and coexistence. However, an open mind and heart, which is not imprisoned by extreme fundamentalism, is also necessary.
As you read this Shabbat message, Hannan and I will be experiencing Iceland for a few days and then heading to Israel.  I’ve pre-written these next two weeks as I will be on hiatus from my computer (though I can read your replies from my cell phone). Today’s message is something I’ve been planning to compile for awhile.  I’ve amassed several guest greeters through the years, so I am allowing these “friends” to repeat their greetings for this week:
Carole King & James Taylor (5/28/10)
Neil Sadaka (11/5/10)
David Hasselhoff (12/3/10)
Wally Shawn – actor from Princess Bride (12/3/10)
Paul Simon (12/10/10)
Marvin Hamlisch (z”l) (3/25/11)
David Broza (4/1/11)
Cast member from Les Miserables (4/8/11)
Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker) (5/6/11)
President Obama (6/24/11)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (7/1/11)
Michelle Obama (10/28/11)
Jane Fonda (11/4/11)
Congressman Gary Peters & Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz (11/11/11)
Kevin Pollak (recorded by Jason Miller) (11/18/11)
The Maccabeats (12/9/11)
Alan Dershowitz (1/20/12)
Peter Segal (Wait, Wait, don’t tell me) (1/20/12)
Steven Weber (actor) 3/9/12
Richard Kind (actor) 3/9/12
Olympia Dukakis (4/20/12)
Henry Winkler (recorded by Jason Miller) (5/11/12)
VP Joe Biden (8/24/12)
Martin Short (5/3/13)
Wishing you a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat Shalom.
P.S. Check out DPTV’s Jewish Stories Day this Sunday Aug. 17th on Channel 56
Historian Simon Schama travels the world to explore Jewish history and the contributions that Jewish culture has made, in this sweeping 5-part PBS series.
The history of Jews in Southeast Michigan is chronicled via archival photos, home movies, and interviews with historians and members of the community.
Holocaust survivor, Eliezar Ayalon z”l was given a cup of honey by his mother when she sent him away from the Polish ghetto, telling him to spread hope into the lives of others.  The broadcast premiere of this film from Detroit producer Allyson Rockwell shares Eli’s stories of enlightenment with future generations.
P.P.S.  Michigan Maccabi Games starts this weekend. Welcome athletes, good luck during your games and thank you host families for opening your homes to this incredible experience.
Sunday September 14th
Get Out the Vote – Women’s event.
Brunch at our house with Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Please mark your calendars. More details to come.
Wednesday September 17th
Detroit Public TV will present Hannan and I with the Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award at their annual Premiere Night at the Westin Book Cadilac.  We hope you can join us.
Thursday September 18th
Please join us at the Michigan Israel Business Bridge Ambassador’s Award Dinner at the Detroit Athletic Club honoring Chuck Newman.
Thursday October 2nd
Michigan League of Conservation Voters will be honoring CongressmanJohn Dingell and Senator Carl Levin for their decades of service to our nation and their efforts to help protect our environment at their Innovation in Conservation dinner at the Westin Book Cadilac.
Monday October 6th
Yad Ezra will be honoring (worthy recipients) Anita and Bob Naftaly at their annual event held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
Tuesday October 7th
We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Friends luncheon which benefits the West Bloomfield Henry Ford Breast Care and Wellness Center.  We are teaming up with the Detroit Lions this year as the Luncheon will be at Ford Field in Detroit.  For additional information please contact Ashley Abaloz at (313) 874-6139 or
Sunday November 9th
Holocaust Memorial Center Dinner at Congregation Shaarey Zedek honoring Dr. Richard K. Stoler with guest speaker Alan Dershowitz.
Aug. 15th
Miriam Liebman
Aug. 16th
David Wainer
Marcia Seigerman
Aug. 17th
Irwin Wright
Luke Allen
Ron Reiter
Aubrey Strickstein
Aug. 18th
Alexandra Mark
Danny Greenberg
Aug. 19th
Ishai Ross
Aug. 20th
Lisa Wozniak
Susan Kamin
Aug. 21st
Adam Berg
Darryl Rogers

Blue Stripes

Shabbat Shalom August 15, 2014

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